I'm still smiling after reading this book. It had my kind of humor, bizarre or crazy, maybe both. Nah, definitely both. This book had some real laugh...moreI'm still smiling after reading this book. It had my kind of humor, bizarre or crazy, maybe both. Nah, definitely both. This book had some real laugh out loud and funny moments. At times, I felt like I had landed in Bizarroland or crashed there...
This book had an Austin Power's guilty to it. Ladybird Hope = Dr. Evil. At least that's what came to my mind. I also thought Taylor reminded me of a character from the TV show "Greek." I even think her name was Taylor.
Towards the middle of this book the novelty wore off, then it just seemed silly. The smart writing started to sound preachy and too political. I like understated messages.
While reading this book, I think you should be open to the humor, the strangeness of the plot. Don't dwell on the silly, air-headiness of the characters. Just let the crazy side of your imagination take you for a ride... (less)
This book read like a very bad after school special or Lifetime movie of the week. The narration was overly preachy. I couldn't help but think it was...moreThis book read like a very bad after school special or Lifetime movie of the week. The narration was overly preachy. I couldn't help but think it was meant to be a collage essay on the pitfalls of eating disorders, the hunger in the world, and how wasteful humans are when it comes to food. But,with the added element of sci-fiction.
Lisabeth Lewis was one of the most annoying characters. I include the Four Horsemen in that statement as well. Kurt Cobain as one of the horsemen took this book to a laughable level. I had quite a few mental eye-rolls.
I think it must have been a slow publishing week for new books or something, because this book was awful. There was way too much detail about bowel movements and the removing of clothing during that process. I really could have done with out that part of the story or most of it actually. I think Kessler tried to portray the ugly-side of anorexia with these graphic details; however, there is a way to elude to certain ideas with out spelling it out for the reader. That's what our imaginations are for.
Jackie Kessler tried to add a bit of humor to a very serious topic, but it didn't come off very well. Sorry. I'm surprised that is a second book in the works. I hope the second book isn't has bad. For once, I have no interest in reading another book in a series... (less)
I was reading this book at the same time I was reading "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver. The two books are way too similar. I can't help but wonder, if the...moreI was reading this book at the same time I was reading "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver. The two books are way too similar. I can't help but wonder, if the two authors worked out their plots and characters over coffee and than said at the end, "may the best book win." Sorry Ally Condie, but my pick is most defiantly "Delirium." I think the publishing houses should stagger book releases with parallel story lines.
My main complaint was Cassia's self-righteous attitude. It took until the last 60 pages for me to even like her a little, or be somewhat interested in what was going to happen. I know that she grew up conditioned to view her world the way she did, but it still drove me crazy.
I also thought the love-triangle wasn't much of one. There wasn't any chemistry between Cassia and Zander or Cassia and Ty, until the end that is. This book could have used a lot more teen angst, which I'm kind of shocked about, knowing how much I can't stand love-triangles.
I liked the book enough to be interested in reading the second book. I do want to find out what will happen. I'm pretty sure we can all guess who Cassia will end up with. I would love to be surprised on that score though.
I think I might be in the minority here, because I didn't really care or get excited over this book. I thought the premise was interesting, a little d...moreI think I might be in the minority here, because I didn't really care or get excited over this book. I thought the premise was interesting, a little disturbing, but interesting...
The story developed slowly for me, especially when it should have been fast paced. At least I think so. I was a little sick and extremely busy at the time I was reading this book, maybe that had a lot to do with my attitude towards it. Either way, I would have to say this has only happened to me a few other times, but I really don't care what happens to any of the characters. I may read the second book, if I get another advanced readers copy.
Let's see, I felt it was expected for me to like the developing relationship between Rhine and Gabriel. It didn't happen for me. I thought Gabriel was rarely in the book and the two of them hardly interacted. How can the reader get enthusiastic over a romantic relationship that's anything but...
On the other hand, there was some romantic interaction between Rhine and Linden. I think I wasn't supposed to like him as much as I did, especially considering the circumstances that landed Rhine in the mansion to begin with. Plus, she had two other wives to contend with. Weird! Creepy! No offense to anyone.
This book was the first of a series, no big surprise there, Lauren DeStefano laid the ground work for the second book, so I hope things get more exciting.
Poor Linden. I can't help it, I feel sorry for him. Controlling father, your favorite wife dies, and your new love runs away. What happens next, I'll guess we'll have to find out. (less)
I liked this book so much more than the first, however I didn't rate it higher because I still had some writing issues I just couldn't get past.
The s...moreI liked this book so much more than the first, however I didn't rate it higher because I still had some writing issues I just couldn't get past.
The story was way more developed and interesting. The plot did remind me of a soup-show though, Days of Our Lives or General Hospital, one of those. I keep hearing that cheesy music during suspenseful moments. HA!
This book definitely makes me want to read Runaway... we'll see, maybe I like that one even more. (less)
I liked the premise of this book, however the writing failed to deliver a more captivating story. The problem I had was mostly with the repetition of...moreI liked the premise of this book, however the writing failed to deliver a more captivating story. The problem I had was mostly with the repetition of phrases and concepts. I felt like ideas were being pounded into my head over and over and over again. At one point, I wanted to scream into the air and at Meg Cabot that "I got it already. I'm not an airhead." HA! I felt the story took too long for things to develop and pull the reader in.
Anyhow, I was intrigued enough that I'll check out the second and third book and hope that the writing and the story improve. I loved Lulu a secondary character, but I lacked a connection with the main protagonist Nikki/Emerson until the end.
I guess I'll have to keep reading to see how this series turns out... (less)
Well, it took me a while to finish this book. Not because I didn't like it, truth is I really liked it. Almost loved it, if it hadn't been for the bre...moreWell, it took me a while to finish this book. Not because I didn't like it, truth is I really liked it. Almost loved it, if it hadn't been for the breaks in between... I just had other book commitments to finish reading.
At first, I couldn't quite wrap my mind around the concept of this book. One where at a certain age a person lives with out love. That society seems so blah... Boring.
Anyway, I loved the fast pace, violent, and heart wrenching story Lauren Oliver weaved together. The proses at times were beautifully written. I feel that a majority of YA authors dummy down the dialogue and narration in their books. I think that is a shame. Teens should be exposed to quality writing. Oliver's writing isn't perfect, but it does have substance and depth.
I also, enjoyed all the cast of characters. That doesn't always happen. There is usually at least one protagonist I can't stand, for a moment I thought that would be Lena, but she quickly won me over. I'm glad she did.
I don't have the slightest clue to what is to come, but I can't wait... (less)
I had plagued this book with prejudices from the beginning, so I probably had no business reading it in the first place, which makes this an unfair ra...moreI had plagued this book with prejudices from the beginning, so I probably had no business reading it in the first place, which makes this an unfair rating and review. I actually wanted to stop reading it at least ten times and never pick it up again, that would be a first for me, because I can never not finish a book even if I hated it.
I hated this book with a fiery passion. If it wasn't for my policy of finishing a book I started, then I never would have gotten to the ending, which redeemed itself some what... Enough to at least give it two stars.
**below may contain minor spoilers**
I used to have a large unicorn collection growing up and loved them. So why would I read a book about killer unicorns, I can't really say actually. Maybe I was just interested or curious to where this story would go... what I wasn't prepared for was not being okay with the concept of monster unicorns, or the detailed account of the killing and torturing of them. I love animals and I know unicorns are mythical creatures, but I wasn't okay with the message of animal torture in this book. Point one.
I thought the first half of this book was too preachy. I thought I landed myself in some really bad after-school special about teen sex. All books have some message the author wants to get across and I'm okay with that, as long as, the message doesn't dominate the story and is done subtly. What I don't like is for a message to be beaten over my head about a thousand times. Point two.
I also wasn't a big fan of most of the characters. Even if I'm not completely liking a book, if it has likable characters than I'll finish it and probably even like it. But this one, oh man, the characters were way too whiny and self-absorbed. I just couldn't stand them, to be perfectly honest. Point three.
I know, I'm being way too critical here and overly dramatic... Sorry! (less)